A remote space station. An escape to London. A 1950’s love story. Friendship, family, school, music, first love. Stories for kids and teens featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and plotlines are not always coming-out stories; they are also stories of adventure, love, courage, discovery, mystery, history, and occasionally…ghosts! This Pride Month, discover star narrators, read-by-the-author works, and perfect summer listens for kids, teens, and in-betweens.
Acclaimed author Malinda Lo returns with Last Night at the Telegraph Club, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the 1950s.
“Emily Woo Zeller’s melodic narration transports listeners to 1950s San Francisco in this coming-of-age novel about family, first love, and a Chinese American teenager discovering herself…As Lily becomes more comfortable in her own skin, Zeller’s narration becomes bolder and more confident. Full of characters, places, and moments that Zeller beautifully brings to life, this audiobook will break your heart and mend it.”—AudioFile
“An audiobook narrated by Michael Crouch is always a treat, and this one is no exception. Marty arrives in London with his oboe and his dreams, looking for a fresh start and a place where he can be openly gay away from his conservative hometown…Crouch’s narration is vulnerable and authentic; he sounds just like a 17-year-old queer kid who is figuring himself out. His portrayal of Marty’s nervousness concerning dating, sex, and friendship is particularly poignant. Simply and beautifully narrated, this audiobook is a love letter to music and a celebration of the courage it takes to live authentically.”—AudioFile
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
“Narrator Bahni Turpin and author Junauda Petrus hit it out of the park with their pitch-perfect performances of this love story between two black teenage girls from different backgrounds…JD Jackson shines as Afua, a man on death row whom Mabel becomes close to. Together, these three powerful and distinct performances lift this coming-of-age story right off the page.”—AudioFile
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes Odd One Out, an honest and touching depiction of friendship, first love, and everything in between.
“Narrator Dion Graham’s portrayal of Courtney “Coop” Cooper pulls listeners into this portrayal of three teens and their complicated relationship dynamics. Coop, who is straight and cisgender, longs for something more with his best friend, Jupe, but Jupe, a lesbian, is oblivious. Their relationship changes when Rae Chin appears and seems to like both of them…Guest’s portrayals of Rae and her sister are heartfelt and appealing.”—AudioFile
In Too Bright To See, it’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug. Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: A ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house…and maybe haunting Bug in particular.
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